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Server Upgrades for SportsCollectors.Net
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 4

SportsCollectors.Net has been consistently growing... Last year we had over 100K successes alone and several thousand new members. In fact, you guys have been so active that the data in our database has more than doubled in size over the past year. That is great news, and I can not tell you all how much I appreciate your contributions. Thank you.

While the site is performing nicely and doing well, I have decided that it is time to make a pretty major upgrade to the hardware that powers our site. I have really wanted to add some cool stuff on SCN for a while (that no other site has even thought of), and I didn't think our current platform could handle it. So yesterday I bought some much bigger and more powerful servers, so we have some great things in store for SportsCollectors.Net and SportsCardDatabase.

Don't worry, we are not going to change the price for our premium subscription or take away features from our basic members. The premium package has been a really great value at $14.99 for the past 5 years and I have no plans to change that. I'm picking up the added expenses as part of my contribution to our fun hobby - you guys deserve it.

So now for the promotional message:

If you like sports cards and haven't checked out SportsCardDatabase, please take a look and please tell all your friends about it. It's 100% free, easy to use, and has so much great information. I have put a lot of time into and I think it will help you enjoy card collecting.

While the cookie cutter message vBulletin boards are very popular, they haven't provided any innovating things for collectors and I want to give you guys the best. The new Collection Management and shopping tools have been well received - and this is just the start.



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The Dreaded Signed Sleeve
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 15

I love my Boston sports teams, and it has certainly been an up and down  week.

On Sunday night, I had some great seats at Fenway to see my Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 4-3. Both starters Josh Beckett and Matt Garza threw hard and probably should have allowed even fewer runs. The game was capped off by my first chance to John Papelbon in person. He came in the 9th with a 1 run lead and quickly had 2nd and 3rd with no outs - but then he got pissed and struck out the next 3 hitters (Pena, Upton, Crawford) to end it.

That night and then on Tuesday, the Sox, Celtics, and Bruins all won their games. I was pretty fired up. Unfortunately Thursday night came and all 3 teams lost, the hardest being the top seeded Bruins losing Game 7 in overtime to the #6 seeded Hurricanes to end their season.

Yesterday I got a couple of longer term successes from Ollie Johnson and Charlie Sanders on 70's cards and some items in trade. Today I was very excited when I opened my mail and saw the following card:

Cam Neely is my all favortie hockey player and I have really enjoyed watching Joe Thornton - it's just too bad he immediately became an MVP when he as traded to San Jose. I found this card in a dime box a few years back at a card show, and I thought it was so cool. I thought I would never have a chance to get it signed as Thornton was a terrible signer when he was a Bruin, but I decided to send it to him this past December when I saw successes. After all, it was only $0.84 in stamps and $0.10 for the card - not exactly much to lose.

If you consider that these are two stars from my favorite team, Neely signs c/o his Foundation with a donation, and I am obsessed with getting mutli-signed cards - you can only imagine how excited I was to get this one back. 

I took a little closer to admire my great new item, and noticed something.... The autograph was not on the card but the protective plastic sleeve I put the card in:

This is not the first time this has happened to me, as I have nice Steve Van Buren and Phil Rizzuto signed sleves in my collection. But I think this time bummed me out the most. Looks like I'll have to try to resend this to Joe next NHL season, but this time with no sleeve.

It's certainly not the player's fault, as I am just so appreciative he would even take the time to sign for me. Going forward, I learned my lesson and I am not going to be sending cards out in sleeves.

I'm sure this has happened to many of you guys too, and you feel my pain. Please feel free to chime in below in the comments section.



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Introducing SportsCardDatabase
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 0

In 1999, a small group of sports card collectors envisioned an ideal web site dedicated to helping everyone better enjoy the sports card collecting hobby. We wanted it to be more than just a message board, more than an online card shop, more than just a monthly price guide, more than just an auction, more than just a company that grades cards, more than a magazine filled with advertisements, more than anything else we had seen! And just as important as the features, it had to be FREE and easy to use.

It was very important that this new site could deliver on this vision, much the way SportsCollectors.Net has become an important resource for so many sports autograph collectors. I strongly believe collectors deserve the best, plain and simple.

It took quite a huge effort to bring about the first steps toward that vision, SportsCardDataBase.com (also can be reached at SportsCardDB.com for short).

So here's the key features we are launching with:

Catalog of baseball, football, basketball, and hockey cards.

Detailed listings of every major issue from1948-1992 (before the insert insanity) to start with, that's over 150,000 cards. With our members help, we'll certainly be adding tons more cards to our library as we go along. Everything is fully searchable with a very powerful search engine, as well as easy lookups by player and set.

During our beta period, our members have been good enough to help us upload thousands of scans of cards from their collections.

Never overpay again with our Comparison Shopping tools.

For every single card in our database, you can see up to date marketplace comparison shopping for that item sold in fixed price and auction formats.

What are my cards worth??? We have a real time pricing engine.

Have you ever been frustrated because you see your card that "books" for $150 , but you can't even sell it for $10?

We have heard thousands of collectors say that cards are only worth what someone will pay for them. When we combine recent sales figures (across multiple marketplaces) with the prices people are trying to sell the card for, we get some really valuable information.

We have seen a few newer sites that offer paid subscriptions to view prices of PSA, BGS, and SGC graded cards closed sales on eBay. While this certainly has value, it represents such a small segment of card sales, usually not many cards, and not reflective of the larger card market on and offline.

We do things a little differently than any other site/service out there. We have spent years analyzing the factors that determine card buying trends and viewed data across millions of items. It's little surprise we found that there are significant swings and variances in the secondary sports card market that just weren't reflected in printed monthly/yearly card price guides, so we needed a better way to calculate card values.

Our pricing process normalizes the data and remove the significant pricing extremes that would skew values. After the data set is collected, our formula then considers the following factors and applies appropriates weights:

  • successful sales and items currently offered
  • both fixed price and auction formats
  • median sales values and average sales values
  • real time and historical trend data
  • number of times item is sold and offered for sale
  • length of time the item is offered and whether it sells successfully

We made the decision to focus our pricing on ungraded cards only, as graded cards are significantly small sector of the total card market and have a statistically significant percentage of pricing extremes. As we go along, we'll continue to monitor market trends and adjust our processes accordingly. We have future plans to analyze trend information for the graded card segment and provide separate pricing for these items.

You love Sports Cards, What can you do to help out:

  1. I ask that everyone please visit SportsCardDataBase.com.
  2. Please sign up and use the site. The more you use it, the better our analytics.
  3. Tell your friends. The more people who join, the better our analytics.
  4. If you have a web site or blog, write about and get the word out.
  5. Please email us with your feedback and ideas to admin@sportscarddatabase.com.

There's so much more great stuff on the way for SCDB...

We have so many big things on the horizon, it's amazing. There are a few things we are working on that could enhance the card collecting experience the way SCN's autograph request tracking has greatly improved TTM autograph collecting. Some of our ideas are not only stuff no one else is doing, but it is stuff that we'd bet no one else has even thought of.

The next thing I'm actively working on is letting everyone track cards in their collections and their wantlists.

Please stayed tuned as we will be announcing more functionality initiatives soon along with upcoming partnerships.

What does this mean for SportsCollectors.Net and how are the sites related?

SportsCardDataBase is totally separate from SportsCollectors.Net. They run as different entities, have different teams running them, and will have their own member bases.

With all of that said, both sites are great resources and I expect them to be complimentary partners. The potential synergy of these two resources together opens a whole new world of possibilities for functionality to help collectors.

Don't worry, we're still committed to continually improving SCN. It will always be my favorite site and something I want to see continually get better. I'll always be listening to your ideas, adding more features and functionality, and continuing to help everyone enjoy this very fun and addictive hobby.

I really hope many of you are as psyched about this as I am. Let the card collecting fun really begin.

 



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